SOIS recognizes that its children are not only served through the general curriculum and extracurricular activities. SOIS appreciates that all students have unique learning styles and needs that go beyond the classroom which impact their ability to fully realize their potential. That is why SOIS has an expanded department of Learning Support.
The school counselors tend to the social & emotional needs of the student body and also offers assistance to employees. They have extensive qualifications in working with children of all ages in a range of therapeutic approaches in different environments.
Moreover, as a member of the Council of International Schools, the department is developing a gifted & talented program, to even more closely align it with the SOIS Vision: Educate, Nurture, Inspire Excellence. G/T students will be interacting with other students throughout China and around the globe.
Though the Learning Support Dept. directly assists a small percentage of the SOIS family, L.S. team members work in collaboration with all staff members to further enhance teaching & learning throughout the school. The team presents varied professional development opportunities, and gives numerous students tools besides typical instruction. These services include improving organization, study, test-taking, memory, social skills, cognitive learning strategies and many more.
SOIS is proud of the work of the L.S. team and knows that many students have benefitted from at times a simple chat to long-term assistance. This is all part of the holistic approach to education that SOIS takes in all areas of the curriculum.
While SOIS is a selective school, some learning challenges only surface as children mature and develop. As nurturing is such an important part of its vision, SOIS wants to ensure that all students have been given the best opportunity to meet their full potential.